Global Futures of the Environment – online course now available as three separate units of study

Global Futures of the Environment

Online course now available as three separate units of study

This is a self-paced course about the environmental challenges we face and what we can do about them.

In brief, the course includes 12 lessons across three themes:

  1. Climate Change
  2. Energy Systems
  3. Ecosystem

Each theme has two lessons addressing the challenges, and two lessons addressing the alternatives.

The global futures that we face are viewed by many as threatening the existence of humanity and all life on earth. This course will introduce you to global futures challenges and alternatives.

This course focuses on our environmental systems and will teach you about such intractable emerging issues as climate crisis, sea level rise, food and water security, and resource depletion. This course will empower you to search for and understand the enormous potential of innovative thinking to create alternative solutions, such as urban and ocean farming, renewable energy, and floating cities. This course will explain how each innovative solution can be aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

You can now enrol in the full course which includes an overview and all three topics for $450 +GST or single topics for $160 +GST each.

Course Designer

Jennifer M Gidley PhD, is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS), Sydney, Australia. Her Doctorate (2008) was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. She’s been an international futures researcher for over 20 years and was recently included in the Forbes List of the “World’s Top 50 Women Futurists”. For 8 years she was President of the World Futures Studies Federation, which is a UNESCO partner and the global peak body for futures scholars across 60 countries.

The Global Futures Courses not only draw on her work as an international futurist, but also on her 40 years’ experience as a psychologist, educator and academic.

Jennifer is an experienced Steiner educator, who founded and led the first Steiner school in northern NSW (1984-94). She was a Consultant Research Advisor to the Australian Steiner Curriculum Project. Her numerous academic publications are deeply inspired by Steiner philosophy and pedagogy.

The course also draws on her Oxford book The Future: A Very Short Introduction which is the companion volume to this course, and is required reading in university futures studies courses around the world.

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